November 5, 2012

on a book of lists...

Book of Lists
My sweet bloggy friend Kathleen—over at Kapachino—came up with this new collaborative project: A creative book of lists that we will update each month and share on our blogs. Each of us are creating our own book, and every month Kathleen will provide a topic for that month's list. We will then jot down our responses within a new page (or pages!) of our books. Any obsessive list-maker would jump at the chance to fill yet another notebook, right? Right. And so I did.

Next month will we will be sharing our first list (the topic is, quite appropriately, "wish list") and this month we will all be sharing the covers of our books. So, there's time to join in if you wish! It can be as simple or extravagant as you wish—so, no need to be excessively crafty or anything like that. I think that will be the most fun, actually…seeing everyone's own personal style shine through this project.

As for my book, I sat down last night with a pile of washi tape and a handful of stamps and colorful ink pads—only to realize that I wanted to keep it simple. One thing I've been focusing on lately is taking a step back before I do something, making sure what I'm doing is for my benefit, my enjoyment. Not just to impress someone or to come across as fancy or creative beyond all reason. (Which can be difficult to do when blogging, if I'm being completely honest here. Don't we all want to come across as a little bit fancy?)

Book of Lists
I ended up using a blank Moleskine notebook that I've been waiting to fill. I stamped a simple title on the front page using one of my favorite go-to crafting supplies: Martha Stewart's Custom Stamp Setting Kit. I doodled a frame around the words using a white gel pen (this is the one I use) and left it at that. Clean and simple and very me.

In order to keep track of the page I'm working on, I made a little bookmark using washi tape and a paperclip my daughter found and tried to eat the other day. (We keep it classy around here.) And my favorite pens will always be found nearby: For black ink, the Pilot Precise V5 (extra fine point is a must!) and for ballpoint, the TUL Stick Ballpoint (I don't typically like ballpoint pens but I go through these like crazy—they write so smoothly).

So, there you have it! Will you join us? You know you want to. Your inner list-maker will thank you.

21 comments :

  1. This is an awesome idea and I'm so joining in! I love lists and notebooks and really want another project!

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  2. I love it! And now I also really want that stamp setting kit and those pens. :)

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  3. I think this sounds right up my alley! I will be headed to the Target dollar bins after work to see if I can find something to write in. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. If you can't find anything at Target, there are always adorable blank notebooks at Michaels (but I think their dollar bins are now dollar-fifty bins). ;)

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  4. Yay yay yay! I love lists and will definitely be playing along!

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  5. I'm totally in. I love lists!

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  6. Love the paper clip idea! I confess I don't have Washi tape and know nothing about it. And a stamping kit? I may have to investigate. (And yes, I confess I did a bit more too my list book than maybe I would have as I wanted to be fancy for this project!)

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  7. It looks lovely! And YES extra fine point is a must. I'm in love with Pilot Frixion.

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  8. What a wonderful idea! Loved how your book came out and am excited to read your lists. : )

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  9. I love this- also love a great excuse for a new notebook! Plan for this week :)

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  10. So very, very you! :)

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  11. I, too, love making lists, but mine are rarely the pretty variety & frequently the scribbled, messy "What does this even say?" variety. I suspect I am therefore not a good candidate for this project, but I'll enjoy reading everyone else's & living vicariously!

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  12. I'm joining in on this project too :) I have lists of lists - a pretty book is just the way to organize them :D

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  13. I don't have a blog but will be joining you guys offline - one can never make enough lists, right?! Love your notebook, now off to go though my stack of pretty-books-to-be-used-one-day :) -Annelies

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    1. Hurrah! So glad you'll be joining us. :) And I know what you mean about having a stack of unused notebooks...the story of my life, for sure...

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  14. I want to join in!! Love filling a notebook!! Gives me such joy!

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  15. your book looks awesome! i think this is such a fun idea. now i just hope my notebook turns out as cute as yours ;)

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  16. I read your blog and never comment, but I'll delurk long enough to say I'm in. It's such a fun idea. I have a Muji notebook I've been saving--this seems like the perfect opportunity.

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  17. Fun idea! You guys should create Instagram/twitter hashtag so we can discover all the pretty goodness

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  18. I am so perpetually behind on my blog reading. And now I am sad because I so would have joined in on this! Nothing I love better than a good list.

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